Ervin Marton: Paris, the Post-War years
May 14th - July 3rd

Born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary in 1912, Marton was self-taught in photography but was trained in drawing and sculpture. By the mid-1930s, Paris had become a haven for artists, as well as, a refuge for Jews and other people escaping the violent oppression of Hitler’s Third Reich. Marton immigrated to Paris in 1937 and joined the artistic community, quickly befriending artists and photographers such as Brassaï and Andre Kertesz.

Along with many artists and fellow émigrés, Marton joined the French Resistance during the German occupation. He was awarded the Médaille de la Libération for helping to print and disseminate polemic materials against the Germans, forging documents for refugees and other aide efforts.

He photographed urban scenes of Parisian life: children playing games, beggars on a stoop, organ grinders, street performers, cafés and shop windows. His interest in portraiture flourished in the Post-War years and was well known for his formal and candid portraits of some of the great artists and thinkers of mid-century Paris: Jean Cocteau, Brassai, Jean Renoir, Picasso, Jean Genet, and Pierre Cardin. He also experimented with photograms and montage.

During his lifetime, Marton’s work was exhibited in Paris, London, Budapest, and Milan. His photography is in the collections of the Hungarian National Gallery, the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, the Hungarian Museum of Photography, and by many private collectors in the United States and abroad. In 1959, he published Paris m'a sourit, a portrait of Paris, with the poet Maurice Fombeure.


Double self-portrait, c.1945 Les Riverains, c.1945 La Bastille, Bastille Day, 14 Juillet, c.1945 Brassai in his atelier, c.1940 Les Beaux-Arts, c.1945 Untitled Marc Chagall, c.1945 Children playing marbles, c.1950 Jean Cocteau, c.1955 La Rue, Le Matin, c.1940 Outside the Père Lachaise Cemetery, c.1945 Achille Zavatta views his portrait, c.1945 Renoir's overcoat & shoes, c.1945 Nude montage, c.1940 Street performer, c.1940 Genet posing for his portrait, c.1945 Paris, Vue du Sud, c.1940 Picasso, c.1940 Calder sculpture, c.1950 Untitled  Photogram, c.1940 Teenagers at a cinema, c.1945 Devant le Cinema, c.1945 Tuileries in fog, c.1940 Pont des Arts, c.1945
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